Immersive Exhibit Transports Visitors to Southeast Asia

By Southwester Staff An archeological treasure set in a mountain cave above the Cambodian landscape can now be viewed up close and in person at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s latest exhibit, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan […]

National Native American Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Nov. 11

By Southwester Staff This Veterans’ Day, a new memorial to honor Native veterans will be dedicated on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  The National Native American Veterans Memorial was commissioned by Congress to honor the service of Native Americans in every major military conflict in the U.S. since the […]

Centuries of Japanese Art on Display During Cherry Blossom Season

By Southwester Staff With cherry blossom season in full swing, the museums of the Smithsonian are showcasing Japanese art from the 13th to the 19th centuries.  In early March, the Freer Gallery launched a new exhibition showcasing the full scope of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, one of the broadest in the world, for the […]

Glass and Light Inspire in New Exhibit at National Museum of the American Indian

By Sheila Wickouski Of the thousands of stories of Raven the trickster told by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, international glassmaker Peston Singletary has chosen to tell one version from his Tlingit clan in the exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight now on view at the National Museum of the […]

National Museum of African Art Offers Intimate Portrait of Nollywood Stars

By Southwester Staff  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has laid out a red carpet for guests to enter its latest exhibit: Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits. Udé’s world spans from homeland of Nigeria to his current base New York. In 2014, he returned to Nigeria to create portraits of film stars, directors and producers […]

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building To Reopen with Futures Exhibit 

By Southwester Staff When the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building opened in 1881, it was quickly dubbed America’s “Palace of Wonders” and the “Mother of Museums.” Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, it reopens on November 20, not with a look backward, but with an eye on the future. As the Smithsonian’s second-oldest structure, its stained […]